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Topic # 230278 16-Feb-2018 14:56
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Hi Guys

 

 

 

We are planning to do a new build in Wellington ( Upper Hutt Region)

 

Though the title for the section hasnt arrived ( tentatively April) we are wanting to finalize the builder ( of course the design too)

 

Has any got any rough idea on what the cost per sq.m will be for a new build ?

 

Would be really helpful in negotiation  & any tips to negotiate please share?

 

 

 

Thank you.


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  Reply # 1959214 16-Feb-2018 15:46
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Going through this exact process right now in chch, however I'm comparing quotes on house & land packages from different companies and getting each to match or better the package I like best but I'm keen to follow this thread and see how you get on.



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  Reply # 1959217 16-Feb-2018 15:59
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maybe we shall exchange contacts?


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  Reply # 1959230 16-Feb-2018 16:34
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Dial111: Going through this exact process right now in chch, however I'm comparing quotes on house & land packages from different companies and getting each to match or better the package I like best but I'm keen to follow this thread and see how you get on.

 

 

 

Very interested in this thread as a I am in Christchurch. 


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  Reply # 1959239 16-Feb-2018 16:58
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Very much depends on the style of house, the stability of the land you are building on.


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  Reply # 1959881 18-Feb-2018 13:37
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My experience from ~2 years ago it's about $2000 -$2500 / m2. 

 

Please don't forget the garden / landscaping, depending on your requirements this can cost quite a lot of money as well.


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  Reply # 1959883 18-Feb-2018 13:42
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It's very hard to give a number without knowing the quality of your build, a GJ Gardener home is likely to cost considerably less than something designed by an Architect and managed by a reputable builder with a focus on quality and finish. It will also depend on whether it's single level or multi, and what ground works are required. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1959888 18-Feb-2018 13:47
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boland:

 

My experience from ~2 years ago it's about $2000 -$2500 / m2. 

 

Please don't forget the garden / landscaping, depending on your requirements this can cost quite a lot of money as well.

 

 

Would easily be $3 - $3.5k now for equivalent. Materials are through the roof, and wage inflation is just the same.





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  Reply # 1959891 18-Feb-2018 13:56
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We built a house with golden homes in chch that was completed in December. It was nothing but trouble and drama all the way through with things having to be redone as they were done incorrectly the first and even second time around. there tradies said multiple times throughout the build that they were 6 weeks behind in being paid. Things still aren’t finished so we have had to get lawyers involved and they are still refusing to come to the party and now blaitently lying so it’s looking like we will have to take them to court to force them to get it finished.

Don’t touch them. It’s seriously not worth paying that little bit less.

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  Reply # 1959893 18-Feb-2018 14:03
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That’s kind of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question. So many variables it’s hard to answer unless you give waaaaaaay more detail on site, materials, spec etc.

2 pieces of advice I give everyone who is building Firstly always allow more time than you think, and secondly always plan to spend more money than expected.

Personally I would be looking at the quality at your price point. Visit a lot of show homes, builds already underway if you can, and get personal referrals. Unless you are looking to flick it off I suggest having a serious think about quality fixtures and fittings. The joy of batting a bargain can be quickly forgotten when things start falling apart.




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  Reply # 1959944 18-Feb-2018 15:21
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It really all comes down to the spec and quality you want. Eg you can get 3 dollar door hinges or 15 dollar stainless hinges. You can get a 50 dollar paint quality door or a 400 dollar timber veneer door. And those higher prices are in no way the max you could spend on higher quality fittings. But I would suggest going middle of the road and not trying to go too cheap

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  Reply # 1960343 19-Feb-2018 13:31
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I could probably talk about this for hours, having just finished a bespoke-design build in December.  I'm in Dunedin, so pricing for labour (main and sub-contractors) may be a bet less down here, but our house worked out at pretty much bang-on $2500 per m2.  This was on a level section, with minimal excavation, and a reasonable level of specification - all exterior walls are 140mm framing with RAB Board for bracing, with Sto plaster system, cedar feature walls and charcoal veneer block, skylights in the living room and ensuite, polished concrete in the living area/WC/bathroom/laundry, under-slab and slab-edge insulation, hydronic underfloor heating, sound-proofed walls in the bedrooms, R6.0 insulation in the ceiling and R4.0 n the walls, full-tiled ensuite with custom-made vanity, all interior doors sprayed with epoxy paint, thermally broken, argon filled, and mostly low-e joinery, in-built vacuum system, all LED lighting, huge aluminium cavity slider.

 

This includes small retaining walls, paths, driveway (a small one), shed and clothesline installed, but not fencing.

 

The labour component for the builder was ~$85k, plus ~$12 for the landscaping.

 

Happy to answer any specific questions you might have either here on via DM. smile


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  Reply # 1960344 19-Feb-2018 13:37
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djtOtago:

 

Very much depends on the style of house, the stability of the land you are building on.

 

 

Yep - it's one thing to build the house, but the site works required before you start could be anything from near zero to many hundreds of thousand depending on access, slope, stability etc.

 

If you look at the web sites for GJ Gardner, A1 Homes etc lots of them have indicative build prices though.

 

 


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  Reply # 1960366 19-Feb-2018 13:55
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kryptonjohn:

 

djtOtago:

 

Very much depends on the style of house, the stability of the land you are building on.

 

 

Yep - it's one thing to build the house, but the site works required before you start could be anything from near zero to many hundreds of thousand depending on access, slope, stability etc.

 

If you look at the web sites for GJ Gardner, A1 Homes etc lots of them have indicative build prices though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too true - there's a place just up the hill from me that was in for $60k on earthworks before they even laid a block


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  Reply # 1960375 19-Feb-2018 14:17
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nofam:

 

Too true - there's a place just up the hill from me that was in for $60k on earthworks before they even laid a block

 

 

The whole nature of not knowing what is actually under the ground often makes quotes worthless,

 

It pretty much "costs what it costs" if you are doing anything involving more than a spade and a barrow...


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  Reply # 1960376 19-Feb-2018 14:21
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Yeah, I was lucky that we were one of the last in our subdivision to build, so the land was a pretty well-known quantity, but you're dead right - all sorts of things can be revealved after that initial site scrape.  Even just a bit of subsidence in one corner of the section could still require some expense to remediate.


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